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SmartLaw 2.0 – The new future of law

By Brett Chalmers A few years ago, George Beaton published an influential e-book, NewLaw New Rules: A Conversation About the Future of the Legal Services Industry, that pulled together comments and responses he received from numerous legal thought leaders and experts about his NewLaw-focused blog post. The publication compared BigLaw, the traditional partnership-and-hourly-rates model, with NewLaw, an […]

Supreme Court supports disqualification under IBC, but protects interest of homebuyers

By Prateek Kumar, Sahil Narang, Raveena Rai The corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) against Jaiprakash Infratech Limited (JIL) commenced when the National Company Law Tribunal, Allahabad (NCLT) passed an order dated 09.08.2017 admitting the petition of IDBI Bank Limited under Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (IBC). Home buyers who had invested in […]

Austria – Commercial agent’s trial for trial period compensation

By Andreas Natterer, Sara Khalil Earlier this year, the ECJ ruled that commercial agents are generally entitled to compensation, even if the distribution agreement was terminated during a trial period. The ECJ’s decision (C-645/16) was preceded by the French Cour de Cassation’s request for a preliminary ruling on whether Art. 17 of Directive 86/653/EEC applies if the commercial […]

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Shop tactics reap rewards

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The Firm

Overheard conversations at the Firm’s Christmas party attended by, among others, senior partner Pratchard, managing partner Henderson, corporate partner Alison Brett, Big Tosh, Chalmers and God’s own Yorkshireman Rodney Bickerthwaite. Brett: Oh Mr Pratchard. How imaginative coming as Widow Twanky. Everyone else’s fancy dress is boring. Pratchard: Fancy dress? I thought the invite said casual. […]

Catherine Newman QC writes on a breach of fiduciary duty

In the case of Satnam Investments Limited v Dunlop Heywood & ors, the House of Lords has refused Satnam’s petition to appeal a Court of Appeal decision. Satnam’s surveyors, Dunlop Heywood, sent a letter to Satnam’s business rivals, informing them that administrative receivers had been appointed by Satnam’s bankers. Rival developers Morbaine Ltd knew Satnam […]

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North West law firm Ward Hadaway acted for Grantchester on the £20m sale of Sunderland Retail Park to Scottish Amicable Insurance Fund. Head of commercial property Richard Freeman-Wallace led the team. CMS Cameron McKenna advised Scottish Amicable led by partner Pranai Karia.

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